As many HfP readers know, the independent airport lounge in Gatwick’s South terminal, No 1 Lounge, is a victim of its own success.
Priority Pass got around this by doing a tie-up with The Grain Store restaurant. You can go there, spend £15 on food and drink, and ask them to send the bill to Priority Pass.
The good news is that – according to a well placed source – Aspire is currently building a lounge in Gatwick South to open this Autumn. My guess is that this will be in the old Virgin Atlantic space, which is also the lounge that British Airways used on a temporary basis after the switch to the South Terminal (reviewed here).
This is good news for non-status British Airways passengers who like No 1 – because they will have more chance of getting in – and indeed people who don’t like No 1, because they will now have an alternative.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.